‘Who is the Y Woman?’, is a monthly tribute to the women who support us and use our brand. We hope by telling their stories, you will get a sense of why these inspire and empower us.
Our first Y Woman is Megan Graham. Megan Graham is a business, finance, HR and humanitarian worker. Having obtained a graduate degree in Commerce from Charles Sturt University, Megan had several jobs in business and finance before her life took her on a completely different path…
Having grown up in the small South Australian town of Booleroo, Megan didn’t get bitten by the travelling bug until she was in her 30s. This would mark the start of her humanitarian journey. Megan’s passion for humanitarian work began on a holiday in Kenya almost ten years ago when she visited the East African Mission Orphanage in Nakuru. Her two week stay in Kenya turned into a seven-month stay, as she volunteered at the orphanage. Megan continued her work with the orphanage offshore whilst working roles within business, HR and Finance in both Australia and Abu Dhabi.
Her work then brought her to Shelter Box, an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people and countries that are affected by a disaster. It was there where she was deployed to Turkey to provide aid to displaced civilians in Northern Syria as well as the city of Aleppo. Feeling unsatisfied with the mundane, Megan began working for the medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders. Having previously been on assignment in Nigeria and Afghanistan which primarily focused on maternity healthcare, Megan is currently working in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh as a finance and HR coordinator for Doctors Without Borders.
Megan’s year-long assignment Bangladesh is to provide healthcare to the Rohingya people who began fleeing conflict-ridden Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) in the late 70s. The refugee crisis has affected the Rohingya people both psychically and mentally. When refugees arrived in Bangladesh, their villages were raided and burnt by the Myanmar Military. Mobs targeted them with violence, even raping and killing women as well as children. Through a one-hundred-bed hospital and two health clinics, MSF has helped provide healthcare to the incredibly resilient Rohingya people. The MSF has also been instrumental in attempting to break down the mental health stigma surrounding refugees and has enabled them to openly seek help for the grave trauma that they have faced.
Every day for Megan is different, which is what she loves. Megan’s work not only gives her the opportunity to give back. It also gives her a chance to escape the mundane and experience a completely different way of life. When Megan is not working at her incredibly in-demand job, she finds time to unwind by reading, completing puzzles, exercising, and catching up with other MSF workers when they are in Dhaka.
The path that Megan has chosen in life, has not come without its fair share of sacrifices. For Megan, the hardest part about being away for long periods of time is not being able to see family and friends. Meaning that Megan often misses memorable events in her loved one’s lives. Megan has also sacrificed not having a home to call her own, something she desires to have again one day. For now, Megan is waiting for the next epiphany that will guide her to her next path in life.
Megan’s Y Natural Skincare Routine
For Megan, her skincare routine provides her with a sense of normality and the feeling of ‘home’ when she is living away from home. Having been using Y Natural for over a decade, Megan adapted her routine to suit the wildly different environments that she has lived and worked in.
Megan’s Skincare Snapshot:
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